Last update: November 15th, 2019 at 11:00 am
Several fires were burning in central Chile on January 21, 2009, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured this image. The image shows parts of Octava Region (northern part of scene0 and the Novena Region (southern). Several of the fires (outlined in red) were small, and were probably brush-clearing or other agricultural fires, but one of the fires affected a larger area. The large area and thick smoke plume suggest a wildfire.
Credit: NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey.